Top 4 Green Home Plan Improvements That Really Pay Off

As homeowners and builders in Wilmington NC become more and more aware of how their choices impact the environment, energy conservation and green building products are likewise becoming top priorities. Building an energy-efficient home has a two-fold effect - it not only helps reduce the homeowner's carbon footprint (and by proxy, their utility bills), but it also maximizes the return on their investment should they decide to sell in the future.

For these reasons, going green just makes better sense for today's homeowners. But, green homes aren't only restricted to those being built today. There are some things existing homeowners can do to help improve their energy efficiency. Here are the top four ways you can improve the “green-ness” of your home.

#1 - Winterize Your Home (Check and Replace Caulk, Weather Stripping, & Insulation)

How long has it been since you checked the caulking around your windows or the weather stripping around your doors? Over time, these insulating materials break down, eventually resulting in warm indoor air escaping in the winter and air conditioned air escaping in the summer. Checking your home's insulation, caulking, and weather stripping, and replacing where necessary, can lower your utility bills by $300 per year.

#2 - Seal and Insulate Ductwork

If you have a forced-air HVAC system, then your home's ductwork delivers warm air throughout the house in the winter and cool air during the summer. Unfortunately, ductwork is usually wrought with leaks that can account for a full fifth of your heating and cooling being lost in uninhabited parts of the home. To remedy this, you should have your ducts insulated and any leaks patched, especially in areas like the attic and basement.

#3 - Update Your Windows and Doors

If you have an older home with original doors and windows, then odds are the windows and doors are terribly inefficient, especially in the wintertime. While it can be costly, replacing the leaky windows and doors with new, high-efficiency versions will have a dramatic impact on your home's indoor comfort level as well as your utility bills.

#4 - Update Your Appliances

Energy-consuming appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, hot water heaters, and washing and drying machines gradually lose their energy efficiency over time. If your appliances are more than a few years old, then you may be able to see a significant drop in your energy usage by upgrading to Energy Star-rated appliances. In some cases, you may be able to save as much as 80% in energy costs going with an appliance that's just five years newer than the one you have.

Want to Buy a New Green Home? Visit Trusst's Builders in Wilmington NC Today

If you're in the market for a new home and you want it to be built to today's energy-efficient standards, then contact Trusst Builder Group's builders in Wilmington NC today. We have homes available in a number of the area's top-rated “green” communities. Or, if you prefer, can design and build the custom home of your dreams on the land of your choice using the latest in green technology and building materials. Visit Trusst Builder Group today or call us at 910-371-0304 to schedule a consultation with one of our custom home designers.